Magazine Issues»Dec 2008-Jan 2009

What does 2009 hold for asset managers? How will the crisis shape the industry? And how can retail investors be better served? Funds Europe meets with seven top asset management executive:

Let’s talk about
President-elect Obama. As well as rock concerts and the world’s biggest
ever security operation, Mr Obama’s arrival at the White House will
bring positive developments in infrastructure investment, according to
Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP).

Fund selectors must focus more on the operational risk of their providers, due mainly to recent events, writes Niklas Tell...

In what the European Fund and Asset Management Association (Efama) has described as “a new  milestone in the creation of an effective single market for investment funds”, the UCITS IV Directive has today been passed by the European Parliament.

Happy New Year from everyone at funds europe and welcome to our first newsletter of 2009.

New Year has started off, if not with a surge of enthusiasm, at least
with a trickle of cautious optimism. After the confidence-shattering
events of last year, and the crushing outflows experienced by the
industry, many firms are calling the bottom.

A survey by
consultants Watson Wyatt shows that: “Fund managers globally have a
generally optimistic outlook for 2009 and predict that markets in most
regions will begin to recover this...

Industry efforts to bring more automation to hedge fund processing are gaining momentum. Nicholas Pratt charts the progress of the Sharp initiative and what it means for the alternatives industry

Multi-asset classes and funds of funds have made performance attribution more difficult. Lynn Strongin Dodds finds that advances have been made...

Brokers and asset managers may argue that clients’ wishes for best execution are better served without the complication of commission recapture. Nicholas Pratt asks what this would mean for pension funds...